Online Content: When it comes to online content there is currently very little offered.
I noticed a new icon showed up recently on the Main Menu called which I had never heard of (from reading around it appears to be a site for accessing Russian TV, the last Russian show I watched was Rocky IV! I am not a big online content person but as more and more players add support for online content I believe this is something HDI will need to address to make the Dune players a more complete player.
Since the hardware/firmware on the new Smart models is nearly identical to the BD Prime I would expect the same experience.
As such this will be a slightly shortened version of my usual review.
UI Appearance: The UI on the Smart D1 is identical to the BD Prime (for more in depth analysis of the UI head over to the BR Prime review).
Although not horrible the UI is still very basic, with a windows explorer type experience while navigating through your media.
As with the BD Prime testing out network performance over smb (you can see how I set up here), I did not have any issues playing back all my high bitrate content on the Smart D1.
I did have Fast SMB enabled and I believe it is recommended that all users who play content over the network enable this feature in the settings.
I used the D1 yesterday to watch a movie as well as test some files and not once did I encounter any issues, so I will have to keep a close eye on to see if it was possibly a one off experience.Below the LCD screen is the power button, IR receiver, SD slot, USB input, and eject button (for use with the option Blu Ray Drive module) From the back you can see the LAN port (10/100/1000), 2 USB 2.0 ports, Composite/Component outputs, HMDI out, Optical, e SATA, USB Slave, and the power input.The Smart D1 is about 2.5 inches tall, 5.5 inches wide and 11 inches deep (the depth is in part to allow for an internal hard drive if desired) With the case removed you can see the tray for an internal drive as well as the Sata connector.That combined with support for forced subtitles in mkvs (which slowly players are starting to support) would provide a complete solution for the many mkv users out their.Overall once again the Smart D1 hit a home run playing back my various test files.Some players such as the Boxee Box you would manage the jukebox from the player itself.